The reasoning for that apparently comes down more to the effect of a higher price tag affecting demand, rather than COVID-19 related production problems. The report notes that Sony anticipates the console’s price tag to come in at around “$499 to $549.” The scarcity of components is reportedly making it difficult for Sony to pin down a price for the PS5.According to Bloomberg’s sources – who requested not to be identified – the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Sony’s “promotional plans for the new device,” but its production capacity for the PS5 remains unchanged.
As such, it’s thought that Sony may “forgo hosting a public press conference” due to fears pertaining to the coronavirus. Bloomberg’s sources noted that this pressure impacted the reveal of the DualSense controller, which was “hurried” due to the potential for leaks after sharing the controller’s design with developers outside of Sony.
It’s also worth noting that the report mentions that the production capacity for the PS5 “could still change” as the unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic rages on.Yet a launch window of the 2020 holiday season is still likely, with Bloomberg’s sources noting that it wouldn’t change as long as Microsoft keeps to its plans to launch the Xbox Series X at the end of the year. Sony itself has previously said it won’t delay launch, but industry analysts have previously warned that we could see launch shortages.
For more on PlayStation 5, be sure to check out the PS5’s full specs and how it compares to Xbox Series X, why audio could be Sony’s next-gen console’s killer feature, and how the DualSense compares to every other PlayStation controller.
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